Virtuosity and the Musical Work : The Transcendental Studies of Liszt
Jim SamsonISBN: 0521814944;
Book DescriptionConsiders the nature of nineteenth-century instrumental music through three sets of etudes by Liszt.Download DescriptionThis book is about three sets of etudes by Liszt: the Etude en douze exercices (1826), its reworking as Douzes grandesEtudes (1837), and their reworking as Douzes Etudes d'exEcution transcendante (1851). At the same time it is a book about nineteenth-century instrumental music in general, in that the three works invite the exploration of features characteristic of the early Romantic era in music. These include: a composer-performer culture, the concept of virtuosity, the significance of recomposition, music and the poetic, and the consolidation of a musical work-concept. A central concern is to illuminatethe relationship between the work-concept and a performance- and genre-orientated musical culture. At the same time the book reflects on how we might make judgements of the 'Transcendentals', of the Symphonic Poem Mazeppa (based on the...
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